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Author: Public Affairs
The survivors of the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, in Alabama and Mississippi, and in all other states currently recovering from disasters have been through a lot and we are committed to helping them every step of the way.When survivors apply for individual disaster aid through FEMA, their needs are assessed based on a number of factors, based on eligibility requirements laid out under federal law. After a survivor registers with FEMA, they receive a letter from us explaining the status of their application, and whether or not they will receive assistance.We know the recipients of these...
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We wanted to share two stories from Joplin, Mo. about the ongoing recovery efforts:  In case you missed it, Administrator Fugate shared an update on Joplin in an interview this morning with National Public Radio. He also focused on the role of the federal government after a disaster strikes. Yesterday, players from the National Football League met with disaster survivors and surveyed damages in Joplin, and here are some of the articles recapping the visits. joplinglobe.com: Bradford, teammates provide smiles in Joplin (May 27) espn.com: Rams giving $25,000 to tornado relief (May...
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck,...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
Birmingham, AL, May 20, 2011 -- At the FEMA/State Joint Field Office, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bryne and State Coordinating Officer Jeff Byard refer to a map showing damage areas from the deadly April tornado. FEMA and the state are partners in disaster response.One month after the devastating tornado outbreak in Alabama, our goal remains the same: helping the state, its communities and its people recover from the damage and dislocation caused by the storms.Our priorities are a livable home, removal of debris and rebuilding of homes, businesses and public facilities. This...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The Administrator just returned from Joplin, Mo. and recorded this video to talk about the best ways to help the people of Joplin.Resources: How to help the people of Missouri (keep in mind that donating cash is the best way to help survivors - just be sure you're donating with a trusted organization) Additional information to how to help all disaster survivors
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
One month ago, much of the town of Phil Campbell in Franklin County was destroyed and many residents tragically lost their lives from a series of tornadoes that swept through Alabama, leaving many residents in the community homeless. As each day passes, we continue to admire the strength of these communities as they work together to help their neighbors recover.Since the tornadoes struck, we’ve been working closely with our federal, state and local partners to meet the needs of disaster survivors. One way FEMA helps survivors after a disaster is by working with our state and local partners to...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Joplin, MO, May 26, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate surveys a damaged fire station with a Joplin firefighter.Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Rich Serino
One of the best parts of my job at FEMA is getting to talk with people all over the country about how they can – and do – prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for disaster. There are so many grass-roots, community-driven preparedness and resilience efforts underway in our country – it’s a topic I never get tired of listening to or sharing ideas about. What I have been lucky that I have not had to do very often, though, is follow my own advice about taking specific steps to stay safe during the moments when disaster strikes.Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri changed that.I...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: This blog post was updated on May 26 at 3:35 p.m. EDT.Joplin, MO, May 25, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate (second from the left) and Rev. David Myers (left), director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, meet with Dr. Kevin Ezell (second from right), president, Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, and an unidentified member of the Southern Baptist response team, in Joplin, Mo. The group is meeting inside a Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicle, equipped with phone and video communications systems.Our thoughts and prayers...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note, updated on May 26, 2011: an update to this blog post has been posted.Through our regional offices, we're closely monitoring the severe weather and tornado watches and warnings as they continue. We are ready to support our state partners and the entire emergency management team as they prepare for and respond to the severe weather.Here are some tips to remain safe: A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area. A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately. Listen to local and state officials for emergency information and...
Posted On: May 25, 2011

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